I think most of us can relate:
Someone mentions something, or points out a potential problem that you were completely oblivious to prior to them saying anything and now the issue consumes your life.
For me, right now, it’s getting a new cell phone.
am was, pretty happy with my phone (a Samsung S3) until about two weeks ago when my sister-in-law mentions that ”I’m probably due for an upgrade soon” as she currently was (we got our phones at almost the same time). My first reaction was that I wasn’t interested at all because I wasn’t having any problems…but I kept thinking about it…started researching…and now I want one.
It hadn’t even entered my head yet- getting a new phone. Sure I’ve had a few problems with my phone, but nothing like I’ve experienced with past phones where they’d get to the point I would even break contacts early to ensure I got a new phone that actually functioned half decently. Two years in and, for the most part, I’m pretty content with this little ”phone”. I love that it takes external memory so I can fill as many gigs as a want (mostly pics and videos of Maria), I love the quality of the pictures (I’ve had some printed from memory card and blown up), like the OS/app options and techy stuff and, overall, have few complaints (though the few I have had are biggies like the phone randomly turning itself off).
Funny thing though, now that it’s been pointed out to me that I am in fact due for an upgrade, it’s all I want right now. Knowing I am eligible for a new, better phone is intoxicating my thought process. To be perfectly honest, I’m suddenly less content with the device I currently have, all I see are its flaws and I totally recognize this.
It’s funny, I am so far from a techy/must have the newest whatever that it actually surprises me that I even care, but there’s something about capitalizing on this opportunity that makes my thoughts deluded.
Thankfully it’s ”just” a cell phone. There is a very high probability I will capitalize on said opportunity and go get the new phone. It doesn’t cost me anything other than resigning a contract and let’s be honest, I won’t not have a cell phone so signing the two year contract is really a non issue right?
What bothers me isn’t the phone, it’s the desire I have for this device.
My thoughts are sober enough to recognize fully that I am lusting after a piece of unnecessary equipment and I can’t help but think how drastic my change in feelings were. I went from not even thinking about it to wanting it because someone else said something to me.
People all over the world end up in terrible situations because they act on this feeling every day except it isn’t a free phone upgrade, it’s a $50,000 car they can’t afford, or whatever. Advertising is incredibly powerful, a true necessary evil in life.
Have you ever been in a similar situation of not wanting something until it was mentioned to you? What did you do?